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Israeli Shoe on America’s Foot, Swapping Taliban Terrorists for a Soldier

President Obama apparently broke a few laws to approve the prisoner swap that freed the captured soldier on Saturday.
Taliban insurgents turn themselves in at Puza i Eshan, Afghanistan, April 2010 / archive

Taliban insurgents turn themselves in at Puza i Eshan, Afghanistan, April 2010 / archive
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U.S. President Barack Obama is finding himself in the same position as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – having to explain a controversial decision to outraged lawmakers and a questioning public.

Obama faced the nation on Saturday night to defend his directive to negotiate a prisoner swap with the Taliban terrorist organization in order to free the lone American soldier held hostage by the group in Afghanistan for the past five years.

Like that of former Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the background behind the capture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was less than heroic. Shalit was not in combat when he was kidnapped by Arab terrorists in a cross-border raid in southern Israel in 2006. According to a blog post by prominent U.S. civil rights attorney Jonathan Turley, Bergdahl was taken prisoner after leaving his base in east Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

On Saturday, the 28-year-old army soldier was released by his Taliban captors in exchange for five Taliban members who were freed from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The deal was reached after a week of intense negotiations mediated by Qatar, which allegedly will maintain custody of the Taliban detainees for one year.

U.S. officials said efforts to negotiate the soldier’s release began in November 2010 and that his return became a top priority in May 2011. The opportunity to resume talks over the issue emerged several weeks ago, Turley wrote.

The U.S. president called the deal part of America’s “iron-clad commitment to bringing our prisoners home.” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in making the announcement that he informed Congress on Saturday of the decision, adding that the U.S. had “coordinated closely with Qatar to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised.” He thanked the Emir of Qatar for that and for his “instrumental role in facilitating the return” of the soldier.

But the United States has also had a legal “iron-clad commitment” not to negotiate with terrorists, as it happens.

Turley quoted a joint statement expressing outrage and concern over the swap by top U.S. Congress member Howard P. McKeon, (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Like all Americans, we celebrate the release of Sergeant Bergdahl from terrorist captivity,” the two lawmakers said. “However – we must carefully examine the means by which we secured his freedom.

“American has maintained a prohibition on negotiating with terrorists for good reason. Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans.”

Hm. Sound familiar? Perhaps an echo of the fears expressed by the Israeli public over endless “good will gestures” forced on its government by the U.S. State Department to free convicted Arab terrorists in order to keep the Palestinian Authority at the negotiating table? Or the outrage expressed by families of victims of terror when more than 1,000 bloodthirsty jailed terrorists were freed in exchange for the lone Israeli soldier held hostage for more than five years by the Iranian-backed Hamas rulers of Gaza?

Yes – the same Hamas terror organization with which PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas now intends to unite his Fatah faction in a Palestinian Authority “unity” government. Mind you, most of those freed terrorist murderers are still at large, armed and dangerous, working on their next “projects.”

Gee.

America’s lawmakers also pointed out that President Obama “clearly violated laws” requiring him to notify Congress 30 days prior to the transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay. Those laws require him to explain exactly how the threat posed by those terrorists was substantially mitigated.

About the Author: Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.


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41 Responses to “Israeli Shoe on America’s Foot, Swapping Taliban Terrorists for a Soldier”

  1. Mujahid Ali says:

    Taliban rocks B-)
    Amrican shocks :-O

  2. And it is a soldier that hates his own country!

  3. Paul Mofobro says:

    Regrettable that we traded 5 dangerous towelheads for our POW- but I would have made the same decision with one slight variation- send up an F18 to shoot down their plane on its way back to Qatar

  4. Ali Shah says:

    Well done America

  5. Yahya Azam says:

    Long live Taliban 8-)

  6. YOU MONSTERS GOT SOMTHING COMING TO YOU FROM GOD<<<<<<<<

  7. Murad Khan says:

    Taliban are Israelies….

  8. Murad Khan says:

    Israelies works in different Islamic countries and destabilize their governments…they only want to florish their own laws….killing innocent people as their job….

  9. Murad Khan says:

    Wolf in sheep clothes….Israelies in taliban clothes….

  10. Murad Khan says:

    Jew working in Pakistan as a taliban….arrested now…

  11. Murad Khan says:

    Jew working in Pakistan as a taliban….arrested now…

  12. Sue Johnson says:

    One US soldier is worth 1000 Taliban. The same is true for Israeli soldiers. Our soldier has been there for 5 years. There is no Red Cross intervention to look out for their interests. He deserves to come home. We need to do whatever it takes to wipe out the Taliban. And our soldiers need to know we value their lives enough to bring them home. And do not judge our soldiers until you walk in their shoes.

  13. Rod Force says:

    Some say the freed American soldier has converted to Islam. Did you see the beard? And he was speaking their language upon release. Talk about a wolf in the hen house.

  14. to me this was the stupidest thing that we ever did.these five terrorist will come back to haunt the u.s.and yes this soldier wasn’t even captured during a patrol.so stupid.

  15. Yup. Let them get a taste of what go through every day in Israel. Freeing scumbag terrorists by the hundreds to save just one of our precious people! They, not we, have inadvertently established the ratio!

  16. Why not release Mexican nationals from our prisons in exchange for the Marine being held for declaring his guns after making a wrong turn?
    And how about those veterans who are discarded for medical treatment?
    Is this the Obama who cares so deeply for our troops?
    My ass.

  17. Go have sex with a pig!

  18. I think the law is broken. And by breaking the law, Obama just made americans a fair game for terrorist and extortionists.

  19. I think the law is broken. And by breaking the law, Obama just made americans a fair game for terrorist and extortionists.

  20. David Levay says:

    Many people who are prisoners of war will say anything to prevent more torture, just asked Sen. John McCain.
    Why don’t we just wait and see what this gentleman does when he’s back in America

  21. Lucia Garcia says:

    keep our solders in prayer plase they our help

  22. Hahahaha funny, but lets be serious now!

  23. Hahahaha funny, but lets be serious now!

  24. Hahahaha funny, but lets be serious now!

  25. hahahaha surely! hillarious!

  26. hahahaha surely! hillarious!

  27. hahahaha surely! hillarious!

  28. very funny! im LOL. because Pakistan is so important worldwide that’s the place to be! haha

  29. Hahaha Tali what?

  30. Hahaha Tali what?

  31. Khan, one lie after another!! You really believe that we’re that stupid to believe anything you say!!

  32. Do you think their would give him a razor blade to shave ??? Ppl plz….

  33. Alexander, what if it was your son or daughter??? You be singing a different tune!!!

  34. Murad Khan says:

    Maria i didn’t need wether u believe or not…but the situation which we are facing here….its not result of only taliban…alot of nations and countries involved in it…in 1st days i also didn’t believe but when i saw with own eyes foreigners(non Muslims) having beards…from there i know the total game.

  35. Murad Khan says:

    Pakistan 7th atomic power fighting against taliban,America super power fighting against taliban…and alot more countries….but still they didn’t overcome on taliban…so how much they strong…?

  36. Loren Renee says:

    After he dragged Israel through the wringer he needs to walk a few miles in Bibis shoes.

  37. Gil Gilman says:

    The Red Cross is a joke. Not only do they take care of their massive administration costs, and padding for future potential disasters, but money earmarked for hurricane victims was spent i stead on these two funds instead. During WWII, they were complicit with Nazis.

  38. LIKE HE CARES! GOD HELP US!

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